A.J. Sendall, author of Flank Street: In The Sydney Underworld , stopped by for an interview.
What do you do when you're not writing?
I spend as much time as I can reading, and always feel inspired by that to write more.
Walk the dogs, walk the horse, walk around the garden pulling weeds.
When did you first start writing?
I’ve always written, well, as far back as I can recall. Until 2011, that writing was just for me, or as rambling letters to friends and travelogues to family. I never thought about why, or if others did similarly, and the thought of publishing didn't enter my head.
Since 2011, I have been writing with the intent of publishing. It sorta changed my style, my voice, hopefully for the better.
Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?
Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, Dashiell Hammett
What inspired you to write this particular book?
Flank Street, much like Heather, the first book in this series, stems from a fascination with the dark side of life that goes on in dark alleyways and bars late at night, and the characters that live there.
What was your favorite chapter (or part) to write and why?
I had the most fun developing the relationship between Carol and Micky. They're both players, both liars. Some days it was had to keep up with them.
Human interaction--people watching--can be highly entertaining, and watching your characters is not much different.
What is best writing advice you can give?
Write what you enjoy writing, write what you know and ignore trends and statistics. Genres come and go; quality lasts forever.
Also, live! The more you live, the more adventures you have, the more material you'll have for your writing, which in turn will make it more realistic.
Is there anything else you'd like your readers to know about the book?
Flank Street is the second book in the Sydney Underworld series. Heather, the first book, was release in August 2014, Flank Street in May 2015, and book three is due for release in December 2015. It is a series, but the books are not serial; they are all stand-alone novels that share characters and places.
About the book:
Flank Street is told through the distorted reality of career criminal Micky Dewitt, who arrives in Sydney on a rundown sailing yacht, broke and on the lookout for opportunity.
He soon finds his way to Kings Cross and gets a job in a bar run by an abrasive grifter called Lenny. At first he’s met with mild antagonism by the barmaid, Meagan, but they call a truce and become friends. Their friendship grows, as they drink and smoke together after hours.
Micky is approached by Carol, a quiet, high-class escort. She wants Micky to do a job for her, and persuades him to listen. Carol tells him she needs a gun stolen from a lawyer’s safe. Says she killed somebody with it, and that she’s being blackmailed by the lawyer.
He scopes the place out. It all seems easy enough and he wants to help her. He steals the gun, Carol pays him. He thinks that’s the end of it.
Ten days after the robbery Micky is visited by two heavyweights from the underworld who tell him that Carol’s using the gun he stole to blackmail the boss of Kings Cross. He has to get the gun back, and kill her.
Nothing is quite what it seems as Micky falls into a honey trap and nudges the edge of sanity.
About the author:
|Since '79, A.J. Sendall has been collecting people and places. From the blood soaked streets of Kampala, the polluted dust bowls of the Sahara, to the pristine ice floes of the Antarctic, he has gathered and filed them away. Some have recently pushed through the bars of insecurity and are now at large in the pages of his first three novels. Others await their future fates.|